As regulatory guidelines continue to be put in place in an effort to reduce the amount of waste that ends up at landfills, hospitals and health clinics are still struggling to find the best way to efficiently dispose of their food waste.
This movement towards eco-friendly hospitals shouldn’t come as a surprise as more than 34 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills every year, according to the United Nations Environment Program, and that waste, in turn, is leading to the release of harmful methane gas that damages the environment.And although they aren’t typically thought of as the biggest offender in food waste, conservative estimates suggest that hospitals waste three to four pounds of food daily per bed, an understandable amount given the large number of patients and employees that occupy these establishments on a year-round basis.
Unsurprisingly, this steady flow of food waste contributes to about 10 percent of a hospital’s overall waste stream, according to a Sustainability Roadmap report from the American Hospital Association (AHA).
In an effort to improve their bottom line and be more environmentally friendly, it’s time for hospitals and healthcare providers to look towards the future and get out ahead of this environmental movement.
That’s where American Waste & Recycling Equipment, LLC can help.
The Eco-Safe Digester offered by American Waste & Recycling Equipment, LLC is simple technology that eliminates food wastes on-site. The digested food waste is converted into grey water and goes through the municipal sewer systems to transport that water to wastewater treatment facilities where it will be recovered. There is no wasted to store or transport, no solids generated, and no extra handling is required.
“It’s all about limiting the generation of food waste, which in turn puts money back in the pockets of business owners,” said Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, CEO of American Waste & Recycling Equipment, LLC. “As a doctor, I’ve seen the amount of waste hospitals generate and its simply unsustainable in the long run.”
In addition to the environmental benefits, there are also numerous other reasons why a business would benefit from the EcoSafe Digester, including:
- Reduces hauling costs by reducing waste volume and collection frequency
- Improves efficiency and workflow
- Captures a valuable resource
- Replenishes water supplies
- Eliminates the transportation of food waste to landfills or distant compost facilities
- Eliminates compactor odors
- Reduces janitorial costs
- Prevents pollution and much more
What makes the Eco-Safe Digester really stand out among its competitors, however, is a smart system linked to BioHitech’s cloud (Biobrain) that adds intelligence to the mechanical work. That’s right, in addition to the obvious monetary and environmental benefits, the Eco-Safe Digester also works to identify the trends and inefficiencies within businesses that leads to waste. This allows customers to not only understand the historical patterns of food waste, but also gives them the information they need to take steps to avoid it in the first place.
With these analytical tools, technicians can view and track information about digestion rates, utility usage, hours of operation, maintenance issues and other features of the digester’s work. If problems arise, such as interruption of digestion or any other anomalies, a real time notification system allows BioHitech to respond quickly.
Dr. Goldbaum also points out that the Eco-Safe Digester also helps make work environments safer as well, keeping employees out of harms way and hospitals out of legal trouble.
“It keeps the staff in the kitchen, instead of outside where they could slip and fall,” said Dr. Goldbaum, who notes that 25 percent of slip-and-fall injuries happen in the workplace. “You’re not carrying liquid waste around, which prevents both potential hazards and clean-up jobs for employees. The absence of food waste also reduces the chances of attracting rats, roaches and other unwanted pests.”
In the future, all hospitals will likely be required to become compliant with stricter food waste regulations. With the Eco-Safe Digester, hospitals are able to get out ahead of this impeding change while also boosting their own green initiative.
So far, at least one hospital in New Jersey claims that their Eco-Safe Digester has diverted 11 tons of food waste a month from landfills, allowing the facility to slash its waste disposal budget by half.
With our help, your hospital or healthcare clinic could be next!